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Study finds elderly housing with supportive social services reduces costly hospital use –

Study finds elderly housing with supportive social services reduces costly hospital use

By Anthony Vecchione, October 12, 2018\

Investing in affordable housing that offers supportive social services to senior citizens on Medicare could lead to a reduction in hospital admissions and the amount of time patients need inpatient hospital care by better managing chronic health conditions, according to a Rutgers University study.

The study was published in the current issue of the journal Health Affairs.

In a prepared statement, Rutgers said that the research, led by Michael Gusmano an associate professor of health policy at Rutgers School of Public Health and member of the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, examined whether a program provided to elderly Medicare beneficiaries through a nonprofit, community-based group in Queens, N.Y., would reduce hospital use, including hospital discharges for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions that, if managed well, should not require admission to a hospital.

According to the statement, Gusmano’s research showed that discharge rates and length of hospital stays were lower in Medicare beneficiaries who lived in the housing environment that offered supportive social services, as compared to seniors in the same neighborhood living without these amenities. The data suggests that continued investment into housing with supportive social services can reduce costly hospital stays and decrease spending for vulnerable older adults, he said.

“These findings are consistent with the claim that housing programs of this sort help people stay healthy and, perhaps more importantly, help them receive health and social services that allow them to manage their chronic conditions.” Gusmano said in a statement. “By receiving timely and appropriate support in the community this vulnerable population may be able to avoid hospitalization or at least use it less often.”

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City program lets Rochester neighbors buy “zombie” properties for $1 –

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) – A city program is letting Rochester residents pick up vacant, “zombie” properties near their homes in the city for just pennies on a dollar.

Iesha White and Kohobi Scott had their eye on the lot next door to their property for years.

“I kept asking if it was for sale and what they were going to do with it because it was vacant for a while there would be people cutting through and playing on it leaving debris,” said Kohobi Scott.

They were afraid to even let their kids play outside.

“It’s terrible for your property values, it’s terrible because you can’t let your kids out,” explains Scott. “There are people hanging around the backyard dumping garbage dumping tires.”

Now, thanks to a longstanding city policy, the two were able to purchase it from the city for $1 (and some other added fees, totaling around $300 dollars).

White said, “Since you are a homeowner you were going to take pride in your property and everything I don’t know about people who rent but if you’re a homeowner will take pride in your property and keep it up and add value to your neighborhood.”

The city says they’ve sold 24 of these properties in the last year.

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Schumer helps secure federal approval for Rochester anti-zombie home program – Democrat & Chronicle

Schumer helps secure federal approval for Rochester anti-zombie home program

by: Meaghan M. McDermott

Following a push by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has signed off on a Rochester program that helps put families back into formerly “zombie” homes.

Schumer on Wednesday visited a recently renovated home on Albemarle Street in Rochester to announce he’d sent a letter to HUD Secretary Ben Carson asking that the agency expedite approvals for the city’s Asset Control Area Renewal Agreements, a program that had been in limbo since February. That program lets Rochester buy at low cost homes that had been foreclosed by the Federal Housing Administration.

Via its HOME Rochester initiative, since 2003 the city has used the ACA program to rehabilitate 750 formerly vacant foreclosed homes and sell them back to first-time homebuyers.

“While the City of Rochester is plagued by over 2,000 zombie homes, HUD’s renewal of the ACA is a major step in the right direction that will allow the city to turn those zombie homes into family homes,” Schumer said in an email. “The agreement will help address this zombie home epidemic by giving Rochester the right to purchase foreclosed-on homes at a cheap cost, refurbish them, and sell them to first-time homebuyers.”

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren thanked Schumer for his attention to the matter.

“I can’t tell you how pleased I am that HUD officials have finally signed the two-year renewal,” she said in a written statement. “Now we can move forward with eliminating zombie houses and problem properties as we continue our efforts to create safer and more vibrant neighborhoods, more jobs and better educational opportunities for our residents.”

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Warren focuses on affordable housing – City Newspaper – August 15,2018

Warren focuses on affordable housing

by: Tim Louis Macaluso

While there’s been a surge of development of market-rate housing downtown, new housing for the city’s working class and low-wage earners hasn’t kept pace, And city officials want to take a fresh look at how they evaluate proposals for affordable housing.

Every year, the city issues Requests for Proposals asking developers to build affordable housing, but “affordability” can have different meanings. That’s because the formula for calculating affordable housing is outdated and doesn’t reflect the city’s high concentration of poverty, Mayor Lovely Warren’s chief of staff, Alex Yudelson, says.

The City Charter currently defines low- and moderate-income residents as those earning up to 120 percent of the median income for the Rochester metropolitan area. That median is based on the incomes of people living in Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Wayne, and Yates counties. But that gives an inaccurate picture of the incomes of most people living in the city and what they can afford to pay for housing, Yudelson says.

At 120 percent of median income, city housing is considered affordable for a family of four with an income of $88,800. That’s more than many city families earn. And more than one-third of city families are spending more than 50 percent of their income on rent, even though the federal government guidelines recommend not exceeding 30 percent. This creates instability for the family and the city, says Yudelson. Families are evicted and have to find new housing, and sometimes children have to enroll in a different school.

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Medley Centre: Senior housing proposed in former Sears – Democrat & Chronicle – August 14, 2018

Medley Centre: Senior housing proposed in former Sears

by: Sarah Taddeo

PathStone Corp. is proposing to bring approximately 150 senior apartments to the Sears site at the former Medley Centre mall in a bid to meet the burgeoning need for senior housing in the Irondequoit area.

The project, which will enter Irondequoit’s town development process later this summer, is in its early development and design stages. The preliminary plans for the 7-acre parcel include:

  • A two-story building with several courtyards, which will contain approximately 70 units, is proposed for the former Sears site. It will be connected to the existing mall structure via secure doors. Most of the units will be one-bedroom, with several two-bedroom apartments.
  • A five-story building, containing approximately 80 units, will be built to the east of the first building and connected via a skyway. Four stories will contain housing, while the first floor would be covered parking.
  • The project would have 155 parking spots.
  • A community space for the buildings’ residents to have meetings, meals or other activities is proposed.
  • PathStone is identifying services that could be integrated with the development to allow “frail elderly” to stay independent in the apartments as long as possible, said Amy Casciani, senior vice president for real estate development at PathStone.
  • The agency is working to obtain state funding and tax credits for the project, said Casciani.

This proposal is well-suited for this specific parcel in that it revitalizes a portion of the former mall while providing for Irondequoit’s legacy population, Casciani said.

“There’s a lot of vacant malls all over upstate New York and all over the country, and there’s a huge need for affordable housing,” said Casciani. “This would be a great way to introduce affordable housing in communities that desperately need it, but don’t have enough space for new construction.”

As an Irondequoit native, she remembers seniors using the mall as a community and exercise space, she said. With new development on the horizon there, including the town’s community center, the area could soon become a hub for senior living again.

PathStone manages another affordable housing location in Irondequoit — Hobie Creek Apartments on Brower Road — and it has a lengthy waiting list for units, she said.

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Top 5 hot areas in Rochester area: Webster, Greece and unexpected spots – Democrat & Chronicle

Top 5 hot areas in Rochester area: Webster, Greece and unexpected spots

by: Mary Chao

Real estate is ever changing as tastes evolve. Large McMansions that were trending 20 years ago are now being passed over in favor of smaller homes in walkable neighborhoods. Once not so hot areas become popular when buyers get priced out of the trendy areas.

What’s hot when it comes to real estate in the region? Here are the top five areas in Monroe County tracked with help from the Greater Rochester Association of Realtors and area real estate professionals.

1. Churchville/Riga

The village of Churchville in the western town of Riga is No. 1 when it comes to median home-price increase in 2017, according to the Realtors’ group. The median sale price shot up 38.8 percent from $125,000 to $173,500. The percentage of sales increased as well, up 3.4 percent in 2017. It was one of only three suburban towns in Monroe County to see an increase in sales in 2017.

Churchville is a walkable village with small locally owned businesses such as Anastasia’s Spotlight DanceThe Johnson House for steaks and Slice Pizza. Riga has a rural feel with homes on large lots.

John and Bonnie Loser built their 3,000-square-foot home in Riga on 90 acres in 2001. They were attracted to the low cost of land and low taxes. Plus it’s a place with personalized service. “When I go to Town Hall, they know my name,” John Loser said.

2. North Winton Village

When it comes to real estate in the city, there’s no hotter area than North Winton Village. Millennials like the walkable lifestyle close to dining and shopping. Stop by Winfield Grill for a drink and a snack or visit the Winton Branch Library for some downtime.

North Winton Village features a variety of older homes with tree-lined streets and sidewalks. Shopping local is a mantra in the neighborhood with Mayer Paint and Hardware and Fahsye gift shop nearby.

Homes that do go up for sale in the area typically receive multiple offers, Realtors say.

3. Greece

The largest suburb in Monroe County with over 90,000 residents, Greece is seeing an uptick in home sales and prices. The median sale price in Greece was up 6.4 percent in 2017 from $117,500 to $125,000 and sales increased 3.4 percent for the year.

The town is diverse in its array of housing options, from new builds to older subdivisions in the Dewey/Stone area. It also provides different lifestyle options with older neighborhoods being walkable and the larger subdivision tracts featuring homes with all the bells and whistles. There is plenty of shopping and dining from the small mom and pop pizza shops to the Mall at Greece Ridge.

4. Webster and Webster Village

Webster — “Where life is worth living,” as the town’s motto states — is on the eastern end of Monroe County off Lake Ontario. The area has seen much development, yet it retains its local charm with a village filled with local stores and eateries.

Home sales were up 6.5 percent in 2017 in Webster and the median price increased 6.3 percent from $182,500 to $194,000.

Brian Hegedorn’s family has been in the Webster area since the 1850s when it was largely farmland, and he continues to live in Webster with his partner and their son.

“I’ve traveled all over the country. Webster is and always will be home,” he said.

More: Rochester housing market: Median home prices and other data for 5 east-side suburbs

5. 19th Ward

Urban by Choice is the motto of this city neighborhood on the west side of the Genesee River. It is one of the city’s largest neighborhoods, with boundaries north to Chili Avenue, east to the Genesee River, west to Interstate 390 and south to Scottsville Road. The area is home to Genesee Valley Park. There are many housing options in the area from cottages to mansions. It has become a popular area for people who enjoy city living, as well as among developers who are fixing up dilapidated homes to resell or for rental.

The walkable neighborhood is filled with distinctive, locally owned shops and friendly eateries such as The Arnett Cafe and Livie’s Jamaican Restaurant.

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Rochester’s poverty talk has to include evictions –

Rochester’s poverty talk has to include evictions

by: Jake Clapp

Matthew Desmond gets straight to the point in his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “Evicted.” “We have failed to fully appreciate how deeply housing is implicated in the creation of poverty,” he writes in the book’s prologue. “Not everyone living in a distressed neighborhood is associated with gang members, parole officers, employers, social workers, or pastors. But nearly all of them have a landlord.”

In the book, Desmond, a professor of sociology at Princeton University, profiles eight families in Milwaukee, following their struggles with finding, and keeping, housing. To do this, in 2008, he first moved into a trailer park and then into a rooming house and took a full-time job as a fieldworker. Desmond — who’ll be in Rochester May 9 for a sold-out lecture hosted by PathStone — paints a deep picture of how eviction leads to poverty, and how that cycle keeps people trapped.

Last year, Desmond and a team of researchers at Princeton started The Eviction Lab, a database collecting eviction data, the first of its kind in the country. To date, 83 million records from 48 states and the District of Columbia have been added. The lab wants to make the data accessible to the public, and there are easy-to-use tools that allow you to look at local eviction rates, demographic information, and make comparisons with other municipalities.

The Eviction Lab doesn’t yet have data on Rochester, but New York State reported 38,055 evictions in 2016. And according to Rochester City Court information, there were 3,510 evictions in Rochester in 2017.

In reality, the number of evictions in Rochester is probably higher, says Susan Boss, executive director of the Housing Council at PathStone, since that number reflects only evictions that went through the court process. The only legal way for a landlord to evict a tenant is through a court process, but techniques like changing the locks, removing furniture, or even just threatening court action are often used to get people to move.

The Housing Council, which runs a hotline for housing issues, received 1,167 calls in 2017 related to eviction, from tenants and landlords regarding everything from threats of eviction to what a family can do once it’s been evicted.

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The Hotel Cadillac is shutting down. What will happen to its tenants? – Democrat & Chronicle

The Hotel Cadillac is shutting down. What will happen to its tenants?

by: David Andreatta

For year-round residents of the Hotel Cadillac, the first shoe dropped somewhere along the way. It fell to homelessness, unemployment, drugs, or whatever form of desperation prodded them to settle in Rochester’s most resilient and infamous boardinghouse.

“You fall back on the easiest place,” Martin Doty, 56, who’s lived in the hotel on and off for eight years, explained between drags on a cigarette. “For a lot of people here, this was the easiest place.”

The other shoe dropped Wednesday, when residents learned from management they have 30 days to get out.

After 91 years of accommodating guests at the corner of Chestnut and Elm streets, from trendsetters and tourists in its early years to the tenants living on the margins of society today, the hotel is scheduled to close on May 25.

Where they’ll live is now a question on the minds of many of the more than 20 people who call the Cadillac home.

“There are people been here 20 years and more, don’t know what to do,” said Ronnie Klebes, 77, who’s lived in the hotel for eight years.

A spokeswoman for DHD Ventures, the development company that bought the Cadillac last year, said the building will remain a hotel. Whether it will retain its name and cater to the same clientele, she couldn’t say.

But Cadillac residents knew the answer. Over the last couple years, they’ve watched DHD Ventures transform a decrepit brick office building behind the hotel into glass-paneled luxury apartments that rent for up to $3,300 a month.

“No way in hell is it going to be for low-income,” Doty said. “They want to attract rich people downtown.”

‘This place is hell!’

We spoke outside the Cadillac after I had checked into a room and felt I’d been robbed. My room, number 705, cost $58.90 — $49 a night, plus $9.90 tax.

For that price, I got two beds with bedbugs, a broken television and a microwave encrusted with brownish-yellow crud and leftover bacon. The windows were painted white.

When I turned on the light, a mouse tumbled out of the busted air-conditioning unit and scurried under a bed. His turds were in every corner of the linoleum-tiled room.

In the bathroom, the window wouldn’t close and the faucets leaked. Scrawled into the plaster was the word “HELP.”

I was followed to my room by a woman named Caroline Johnson, who goes by “Rosie.” She wanted to party. She lit up a cigar in the elevator and said, “There’s a liquor store down the street.”

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